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MLB: AL West Preview 2010
Los Angeles Angels 1st
They lost some key players over the off-season, including Vladamir Guerrero, Chone Figgins, and John Lackey. Whatever they have lost they will make up for in new additions and current players. Los Angeles has one of the strongest rotations in all of baseball with Jered Weaver replacing Lackey at the top. Weaver was 16-8 last season with four complete games and two shutouts, solid numbers for an ace pitcher to have. So far this year he is 5-3 with slightly lower ERA and WHIP marks than last season (3.20 and 1.19). Weaver will assuredly be exciting as the summer (keep an eye on his solid strikeout to inning ratio), but he also has a strong group behind him. Earvin Santana, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, and Joel Piniero fill out the rotation which MLB betting think will be the the weakness for the once powerful Angels.
Starters are not the only strong point of the Angelsí pitching, the bullpen has some worth as well. Losing K-Rod seemed like a devastating blow to Angels fans, but Brian Fuentes did a great job of filling that void last season with 48 saves. Scot Shields, if he can return to form after last seasonís injuries, will be a solid contributor to the bullpen. In case Shields does not regain his old spark the Angles have added Fernando Rodney as insurance. From the first to the ninth, the Angels have pitching that will take them to the playoffs.
To make up for the loss of Guerrero the front office went out and got Hideki Matsui as a free agent. Matsui was the World Series MVP for New York last season, and his bat at DH will assuredly make up for Vlad. Matsui does not hit for a high batting average, but he brings home run power and, as his World Series MVP shows, he is a clutch performer.
The Angels really rolled the dice with the letting Figgins go and replacing him with Brandon Wood experiment. If Wood can give the Angels any level of competent play for the remainder of the season they will not notice the loss.
LA has been the dominant force in the AL West in recent years, but some of the other teams are actually close to knocking them off. The Mariners are much improved this season, with a strong pitching core led by Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. With the retirement of Ken Griffey, Jr. the organization loses a real class act, but it makes them better on the field because they can fill his slot with more production (he was only hitting .184). Ichiro always gives Seattle high levels of output, and ex-Angel Figgins fits into the order nicely. The Texas Rangers have a decent line up led by Rich Harden, but how the Rangers do basically falls on how well he holds up. Texas needs him to come back from his recent injury and improve on the mediocre performance he has put up so far in 2010. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler lead a powerful attack, with the addition of Guerrero adding to that core, making the Texas Rangers a very intriguing team to watch for MLB betting this season.
The Oakland Aís will not give anyone much trouble again this year. Once again they have great young prospects and look to be good a few years down the lineÖ but we know how that always ends up in Oakland. It will be a tight race down until the end, but the real fight will be for second place.
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MLB: Monday Night Baseball Betting Preview2010-05-10
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tion, particularly for those investing their time, bankrolls, and efforts into handicapping Americaís Game. Tonightís matchup puts the New York Yankees in MoTown to face the Detroit Tigers. The visitors are set up as -130 favorites at Sportsbook.com.
On the same night the New York Yankees say hello to an old friend, the Detroit Tigers bid farewell to one of their organizationís true legends. Johnny Damon faces the Yankees on Monday night for the first time since being signed by the Tigers, who will honor Ernie Harwell as they return to Comerica Park for the first time since the Hall of Fame broadcaster passed away last week.
Detroit honored Harwell with a ceremony shortly after he announced he was ill, and before the opener of this four-game set with the Yankees (21-9, +8.9), itíll say goodbye. A flag with Harwellís initials will be raised as part of the festivities.
This is the first meeting between the Yankees and Tigers in 2010 - New York won five of six last season - but the clubs certainly arenít lacking for familiarity. Just a month after the Yankees won their 27th World Series title, they acquired All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson from Detroit in a three-team deal that sent top prospect Austin Jackson to the Tigers.
That move left little room in the outfield for Damon, who hit .285 with 77 homers from 2006-2009 with the Yankees and the two-time All-Star is now splitting time between left field and designated hitter in Detroit.
While Grandersonís return to Detroit is on hold due to a groin injury, the Tigers are certainly happy with his successor in center. Jackson has 22 hits in his last 46 at-bats and leads the AL in average (.371), a point ahead of teammate Miguel Cabrera and they are 32-14 at home in the first half of the season over the last two seasons.
New York also signed Marcus Thames in the offseason after the outfielder played in Detroit from 2004-09. Heís batting .394 with a homer and four RBIs in 13 games with his new club who is 71-38 against other teams with winning records.
Jackson had two hits and scored twice Sunday, but Max Scherzer - who came over from Arizona in the Granderson trade - was roughed up again in a 7-4 loss at Cleveland.
The Yankees had won six straight heading into Sundayís finale at Boston but suffered a rare lopsided loss. A.J. Burnett allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings as New York fell 9-3, leaving them 21-31 (-15.8 Units) against the money line in road games having won three of four since 2008.
Alex Rodriguez doesnít have a hit in three career at-bats against Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99 ERA, 1.502 WHIP), who is showing signs of progress after making just 14 starts the past two seasons. Willis pitched six shutout innings against the Twins to earn his first win April 29 and retired 12 straight Tuesday at Minnesota after allowing six of the first 10 batters to reach. He didnít receive a decision, giving up three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss.
Willis hasnít faced the Yankees since 2006 with Florida and is 12-25 (-20.5 Units) against the ML vs. teams whose hitters strike out six or less times a contest in his career. (Team's Record)
The left-hander will be opposed by Sergio Mitre (0-0, 2.79, 0.928), whoís making a spot start while Andy Pettitte recovers from left elbow inflammation. Mitre was 3-3 with a 7.16 in nine starts last season, and heís expected to be limited to 70 pitches in his first career appearance against Detroit.
Sportsbook.com has New York as -130 ML favorites with total Ov10 and they are 115-52 as a favorite of -110 or higher and 8-0 OVER after three consecutive games versus a division rival this year. The Tigers are 30-15 at Comerica Park when the money line is +125 to -125 and is 24-11 OVER at same location vs. a very good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.250 or better.
This series opener for this four game series is on ESPN at 7:05 Eastern for Monday Night Baseball.
The StatFox Power Line shows New York -134.
MLB: Top MLB Weekend Power Trends 8/28-8/302009-08-31
Major League Baseball closes out the month of August this weekend, meaning just September stands between us and the postseason. This past month has been quite influential in separating the haveís from the have-notís. Teams like the Cardinals, Rockies, Angels, and Yankees have stepped up, while others have fallen back to where they are either out of the hunt or in danger of being so shortly. There are a handful of seriesí on tap over the next three days that will have an impact on the playoff chases in each league. Read on for more about those matchups, plus our weekly look at the Top StatFox Power Trends for you to consider in your wagering action.
With the Dodgers having fought off the hard charge by the Rockies by taking two of three from them this week, only one race has any significant drama in the National League, that being for the wildcard spot. The top two teams in that chase, Colorado and San Francisco will go head-to-head for the second straight weekend, this time with the Giants acting as hosts. The Rockies took three out of four in Denver the last time out and lead the overall series 7-5 in 2009. Only three games separate the teams coming in, with the Giants hoping to close the gap. They are 41-21 at home this season, good for +16.4 units of profit.
In the American League, only one of the races is closer than 4-games as well. That is also for the wildcard spot. Boston, Texas, and Tampa Bay are all within 3-1/2 games of one another with the Red Sox leading the way and facing what figures to be the easiest weekend set of the three. They are playing host to Toronto, who is free-falling to the tune of 16-games under .500 since June 25th. Boston remains one of the leagueís best home teams at 42-21 and owns an 8-4 record vs. the jays in í09, including 3-0 at Fenway.
Texas and Tampa Bay both faces rather difficult seriesí and Minnesota and Detroit, respectively. The Twins remain in the hunt in the A.L. Central Division, 4-1/2 games back of the Tigers. Minnesota may be starting to catch fire once again, having won seven of its last nine games. The Rangers were able to take two of three in New York this week, a successful set, but will need to overcome a 4-9 record at the Metrodome over the last three seasons. The Rays are actually 2-games better than the Tigers in won-lost record, but find themselves in a bigger hole where the playoffs are concerned. The defending A.L. champs are 3-1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the wildcard race and face a schedule of 16-straight games starting Friday against teams that are current playoff position holders. Needless to say, Tampa will make or break its season in the next two weeks. Detroit meanwhile, is doing little special but continues to maintain a somewhat comfortable cushion in the Central.
Elsewhere, the Yankees will play host to the White Sox, the Braves will visit Philadelphia, and the Dodgers will look to build on their big series win over Colorado with a trip to Cincinnati. The Reds own MLBís longest winning streak currently, four games.
Now, here are those Top StatFox Power Trends for you to utilize this weekend in your baseball wagering.
NY METS at CHICAGO CUBS
CHICAGO CUBS are 9-15 (-9.8 Units) against the money line in August games this season. The average score was CHICAGO CUBS 4.3, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 1*)
ATLANTA at PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA is 56-30 (+26.3 Units) against the money line vs. NL teams allowing 4.3 or less runs/game on the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 5.5, OPPONENT 4.0 - (Rating = 2*)
LA DODGERS at CINCINNATI
LA DODGERS are 16-5 (+10.2 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) this season. The average score was LA DODGERS 5.6, OPPONENT 3.3 - (Rating = 1*)
SAN DIEGO at FLORIDA
FLORIDA is 22-11 (+12.7 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with a batting average of .255 or worse in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was FLORIDA 4.7, OPPONENT 4.5 - (Rating = 1*)
PITTSBURGH at MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE is 9-24 (-21.2 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 4.7, OPPONENT 6.2 - (Rating = 4*)
WASHINGTON at ST LOUIS
ST LOUIS is 22-5 (+14.0 Units) against the money line vs. teams outscored by opp by 0.5 or more runs/game on the season this season. The average score was ST LOUIS 5.7, OPPONENT 3.0 - (Rating = 2*)
HOUSTON at ARIZONA
HOUSTON is 47-21 (+25.8 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was HOUSTON 5.2, OPPONENT 4.1 - (Rating = 2*)
COLORADO at SAN FRANCISCO
COLORADO is 14-5 (+12.2 Units) against the money line in road games vs. a good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.350 or better this season. The average score was COLORADO 5.0, OPPONENT 3.7 - (Rating = 2*)
CLEVELAND at BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE is 6-18 (-13.8 Units) against the money line when playing against a bad team (Win Pct. 38% to 46%) this season. The average score was BALTIMORE 4.0, OPPONENT 5.5 - (Rating = 2*)
TAMPA BAY at DETROIT
TAMPA BAY is 10-21 (-13.0 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The average score was TAMPA BAY 4.2, OPPONENT 5.0 - (Rating = 2*)
CHI WHITE SOX at NY YANKEES
CHI WHITE SOX are 7-23 (-14.9 Units) against the money line in road games vs. teams who strand 7.5 or more runners on base per game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHI WHITE SOX 3.8, OPPONENT 5.8 - (Rating = 1*)
TORONTO at BOSTON
TORONTO is 17-34 (-20.2 Units) against the money line against division opponents this season. The average score was TORONTO 3.9, OPPONENT 5.0 - (Rating = 2*)
TEXAS at MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA is 20-5 (+14.0 Units) against the money line in home games vs. AL teams allowing 4.7 or less runs/game in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 6.0, OPPONENT 3.8 - (Rating = 2*)
OAKLAND at LA ANGELS
LA ANGELS are 30-13 (+16.2 Units) against the money line vs. an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game this season. The average score was LA ANGELS 6.1, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 2*)
KANSAS CITY at SEATTLE
SEATTLE is 29-52 (-21.9 Units) against the money line vs teams who strand 6.9 or less runners on base per game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SEATTLE 3.9, OPPONENT 5.2 - (Rating = 1*)